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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The names may be familiar to especially careful readers. Alec Gray, Jacob Rund, Adam Lee, Olivia Covington, Seth Morin, Hannah Troyer, Ellie Price, Chris Arnold and Emily Metheny. They’ve all been writers, photographers, designers and videographers for TheStatehouseFile.com in just the past year. Their stories have run in newspapers […]

Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the General Assembly’s session ended last month, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders insisted that the controversy over the religious freedom restoration act was over. But the state’s jobs agency must not think so. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is paying $750,000 to a New York public relations […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

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Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was just hours after the General Assembly adjourned for the year that one Democrat said he planned to run for governor and another said she was thinking about. No surprise. After all, Republican Gov. Mike Pence – who appears poised to seek a second term – gave his […]

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Analysis: Addiction is a societal problem, one that must be tackled

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There was a time when I looked at addicts as people who made poor choices in their lives and refused to take responsibility for their actions. I had little interest in government-funded programs to serve people I believed had brought their problems on themselves. Today, I believe I had […]

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Analysis: Common construction arguments don’t wash, on either side

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have scrapped Indiana’s common construction wage, an 80-year-old system that set floors for workers’ pay on local projects that are funded with taxpayer money. It was a controversial debate and the economics are tricky – but the discussion became more convoluted than it needed to be in part […]

Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

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Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate has released a two-year, $31.5 billion budget that increases money for education, highways and community-based corrections programs. It boosts university funding by more than either the House or governor’s plans, a move Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says should prevent colleges from raising tuition. But that budget […]

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Analysis: Postponing anti-discrimination debate is risky

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The relief seemed almost palpable Thursday as the attacks on Indiana eased – but the break may be only temporary. Republicans and some business leaders had struck a deal on a so-called fix for the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The goal was simple: Stop the bleeding. And maybe […]

Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

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Commentary: Travel and some rules for the road

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Want to escape the politics of Indiana? Here are basic rules. First, decide whether you are a tourist or a traveler. Considered simplistically, tourists see sites, travelers meet people. Next, plan according to this formula. For a trip of one week or less, double the time. One week or more, half […]

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Video: State launches campaign to protect highway workers

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